It was at a fifth grade career fair that a then young Justin Turner met a physician named Dr. Marshall.
“Dr. Marshall spoke of the huge need for better health care in Mississippi and challenged us to consider life as a physician,” Turner recalled. “ He said you can help a lot of people, make a good living doing it, but you have to make good grades.”
Turner made those grades, earned a scholarship to Jackson State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in chemistry.
However, his dream was delayed as he struggled with the medical school entrance exam. He was even told by professionals to pursue an alternative career path, but Turner stayed focus and completed the task at hand.
He was later accepted to Meharry Medical College, where he embraced the school’s motto, “Worship of God through Service to Mankind.”
During his matriculation at Meharry, Turner worked hard in and outside the classroom. Founding the Annual Men of Meharry Week and a 100 Black Men Chapter on campus,were one of his many acts of service.
[quote]“ Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better,”—-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.[/quote]
At graduation, he received the Leonard Tow Humanism Award. Most notably, he was chosen as a finalist by Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce as Emerging Leader in Healthcare.
Believing in giving back to those who helped him along the way influenced Turner’s decision to return home to complete his residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Despite a very rigorous schedule, he still found time to serve his community. Turner was among a select few chosen as a HEALing Fellow, a community outreach program to identify and help correct causes of health disparities, and to improve resident training in serving the needs of the community.
In 2012 Turner was named Newcomer Physician of the Year at Central Mississippi Medical Center and was chosen as Physician of the Quarter in the fall.
“My lifetime goals are to help transition Mississippi from the bottom ranks of healthcare,” shared the 31- year- old physician. “And influence others to get engaged in rebuilding our community, and to be a great husband and father one day.”